OSI Group; Decades Of Business Brilliance

October 23rd, 2018 by admin
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With its headquarters in Aurora, Illinois, OSI Group is a global leader in supplying protein products such as beef patties, poultry, pork, and sausage links. The company also supplies food products such as pizza and sandwiches to meet the demand from top food service and retail brands. The privately run company operates in 65 facilities that have been spread throughout 17 different countries while offering employment opportunities to over 20000 employees currently.

OSI Group is traced from way back in the early 20th century when it started as a local butchery in Chicago, Illinois owned by a German immigrant, Otto Kolschowsky. In 1928, Otto branded his family business as Otto & Sons. For years the business continued to expand its operations from a local retail supplier to a wholesale supplier that served Chicago and its environs. Otto & Sons continued to gain more prominence and landed a deal with Ray Kroc while he strived to set the very first McDonalds restaurant. Otto & Sons agreed to supply McDonald’s with beef patties for the restaurant in 1955. This was going to be the start of a healthy long-term business relationship.

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Otto & Sons continued to gain prominence and became one of America’s top food supplier on a national scale. In 1975, the company came under a new form of management and was rebranded to OSI industries. Sheldon Lavin, who is currently the Group’s CEO, triggered the change with him coming on board as a partner. Lavin had earlier worked with Otto & Sons as its investment consultant and also played a significant role in securing finances for the company.

OSI Group started to invest in overseas markets beyond the United States shortly after the change in management structure. The relationship with McDonald’s continued even beyond the United States border with OSI Group maintaining its position as McDonald’s primary supplier. Over the next decades, the company formed alliances with other similar food production companies in other countries including India, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, and Australia. They slowly became a game leader in the food industry.

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